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Sharps and pharmaceuticals disposal

Sharps containers

Council offers local residents a free disposal service for used hypodermic needles and syringes, and free disposal of unwanted prescription tablets, liquids and ointments.  

This service is not available to commercial operators, who should contact a medical waste disposal service.

Syringe, needle and sharps disposal

To use the disposal service

  • call into a Council service centre and ask for a sharps container
  • bring the container back for replacement when it has been filled. 

Council staff are unable to accept used syringes and needles unless they are safely inside an approved sharps container. These items are designated as biologically hazardous and require safe disposal.

We have a contract with an EPA-approved medical waste disposal contractor, who transports these containers and their contents to a high-temperature incinerator for safe disposal.

If you find a syringe

If you come across a discarded syringe, do not attempt to pick it up.

If the syringe is on private property

Carrington Health operates a syringe disposal hotline, which responds to requests from the public in the event of discarded injecting equipment being found on private property.

To access this service phone 0430 524 749 and leave a message with a call back number so that collection can be arranged. Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)

If the syringe is on Council land

If you come across a discarded syringe, do not attempt to pick it up. Contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 and report the exact location of the syringe. We will collect the syringe as soon as possible.

Pharmaceuticals and medicines disposal

Local residents can drop off unwanted prescription tablets, liquids and ointments to our customer service centres.  You can also return them to your local pharmacy, where your pharmacist will put your medicines in a secure bin for collection and safe disposal.

These items may pose a risk to our environment if flushed into the sewerage system and are likely to pose a serious health risk to anyone consuming them without doctor's advice. 

Further information

Returned Unwanted Medicine

19/05/2017
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